Dejan Lovren has been linked with a summer move to AC Milan but made his return to pre-season training at Melwood today.
The defender turned 30 this month and is entering the twilight of his career and while the future is still uncertain, he made it clear to Liverpool’s 0fficial website that the Reds are full of ambition ahead of the new season.
Lovren was not an influential figure at Anfield last season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip forcing their way into the starting XI ahead of him and this has led to speculation over his future at the club.
Despite returning to pre-season training just two days before the club’s first game of the summer, Lovren reveals he wants to be considered for selection, saying: “Yeah, why not? I’m a football player so I want to play football – that’s what I’m doing all my life so why not?
“Like always it [day one of pre-season] was a little bit hard, but I’m glad that I’m here back. The vacation is over, it’s time to work and to get back on track where we stopped.
“We need to prepare ourselves for the beginning of the season because the schedule is quite tight when you look at it.
“We will play already for two big, major trophies [in August] so it’s a great opportunity for us and all the fans around the world.”
The Croatian will need to work his socks off if he has any hopes of proving to Klopp that he should be anywhere near the starting XI this season with the general consensus that he is better suited as fourth choice centre back.
That said, however, the season is long and Liverpool will play a lot of football this term with the FIFA Club World Cup adding several more games to their fixture list.
Lovren will be needed to step in from time to time if he isn’t sold to AC Milan and hopefully he can perform admirably.